The commitments of the European climate change agenda to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 represent an unprecedented challenge for the energy sector. In Endesa we are experiencing the greatest industrial reconversion in our history and taking important steps towards decarbonisation thanks to the commitment of all the people who are part of this company, many of them former workers of the coal plants that are ending their life cycle.
Paco Cal worked at the As Pontes plant (A Coruña) for 30 years, the last 14 as maintenance manager. An industrial engineer, he is now facing a new professional stage in the wind division of Enel Green Power España (EGPE), a renewable subsidiary of Endesa. Like other colleagues, such as Paulino Guía and Sonia Bielsa, Paco is one of the people from thermal power plants who have found a new opportunity, changing the black of coal for the green of renewables.
Paco is currently responsible for technical services in the operation and maintenance of EGPE's wind farms. In 2019, he realised that a "change of air" was needed, since As Pontes went from having a production of 9,000 GW to 2,000 GW a year. "This has been a process motivated by the loss of competitiveness of coal plants. More than a sudden change, it is a development in my career path," he says.
A step forward in the fight against climate change
To contribute to the fight against climate change, at Endesa we are showing a strong commitment to decarbonisation, the commitment to renewable energies and digitalisation. The decarbonisation process includes a major change in the way electricity is produced. That's why our coal-fired power plants are taking over from wind and photovoltaic farms.
"I have been working for 30 years at a company in which I have been able to verify that not only are environmental standards strictly complied with, but that great efforts have always been made to go one step ahead," says the head of technical services.